Stampin' Up! Choose Happiness

When I started with Stampin' Up! nearly 10 years ago, I remember that it was very "in style" to rough up the edges of the card stock and also add ink to draw attention to the texture. In recent years we've turned towards machines and folders to add texture. Nothing wrong with that, but how about we have some fun and go retro today? Let's bring back texture using with simple tools most crafters will have on-hand!

So lets start with a bone folder or scissors to rough up the edges of each layer of card stock. Rubbing the side of the bone folder (or scissors) along the edge of your card stock will cause it to fray. Add a bit light brown ink (Crumb Cake ink) using Stampin' Sponges along the outside edges of each layer to help provide an even more distressed look. (I also added a light dusting of color towards the center of the panel just to reduce brightness.)

Ok, so there we have our card base, first and second layers. Next up is our banner layer. There are Framelits available that will cut this shape for you, but I use a trick that Shelli (owner of Stampin' Up!) shared with us at convention years ago. Simply cut up the center of the layer, then cut in from one corner to meet the top of your first cut. Flip that triangle over to the other side and use it as a guide to cut your last piece. Voila - a banner edge!

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Next I stamped the sentiment and used a Blender Pen to add a bit of Crushed Curry to the design. Then I lined up the sentiment in my Stampin' Trimmer so that the edge of the design was right on the printed cutting marks of the trimmer. (I used this same 'eyeball' measurement on all 4 sides.)

It still looked like it needed something, so I flipped the sentiment layer over and used the plastic edge of the cutting guide (to the right of the cutting track) as a guide to move my paper over a bit. Then I used the scoring blade to score a line. (repeated again on all 4 sides - shown below) By flipping the sentiment layer over, my scored lines will come up out of the paper. You can leave the sentiment facing up if you would rather have indented lines.

This sentiment layer was adhered to another layer of Very Vanilla and then added to the card with a few more details to finish. Here's the finished card again so you don't have to scroll up to see it now that I've bored you with so many details ;)

Two last notes: All of the images shown on this card (including the flower and bird) are part of the same stamp set - yay! And this layout is courtesy of Mojo Monday. (I love sketches!)

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Adriana B.

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